2002 Saturn SL Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 9

2002 Saturn SL 1 1.9L

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired84236 miles
Most recent distance87056 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

Speakers were blown when I bought the car. Still in need of replacing.

Transmission ratios seem to be too close together.

Comfortable ride, quick little car, very good gas mileage.

Maintained the car myself.

Paid $4200.00 for the car at 84236 miles.

General Comments:

The seats are really comfortable. Lots of features.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2009

2002 Saturn SL 1.9L SOHC

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 kilometres
Most recent distance127000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Excellent, 48 mpg, what can I say

Faults:

Nothing yet.

I bought the car with the service engine soon light on, but I've been busy working and haven't had time to look at it yet.

The only thing is it uses a bit of oil, which I'm not a fan of, but for the amount I save on fuel (48 mpg on the highway) I think I can handle it.

General Comments:

Good car for going back and forth to work. My parents bought one the first year they were out and it was the first car I drove, and I drove it hard, really hard, and they never had to put money into it so that sold me. Cheap to buy cheap to maintain.

Most people on here don't know much about vehicles, you can tell by their reviews. Tires, batteries, seals etc. that is wearable stuff, and with miles you're gonna have to replace it, just like any other car on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2008

2002 Saturn SL

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carPontiac Pontiac Sunfire

Summary:

Best car I have ever owned!

Faults:

None

General Comments:

This car is unbelievable. I bought it new, and during the 7 years (and over 100,000 miles) that I drove it, I never had a single thing break down on me. All I ever had to do was change the oil and get new tires. Great gas mileage, and incredibly inexpensive for such a reliable car. There is no way I would have evergiven up this car voluntarily, but I was rear-ended and the guy totaled it. Now that I'm looking for a new car, all I want is another Saturn!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2008

2002 Saturn SL 1.9L SOHC

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles

Summary:

This car is fast, and durable, enough for the unforgiving California freeways

Faults:

I had a flat tire at 53000 miles, but this can hardly be blamed on the car. It was a terrible tire and I'm just happy it didn't blow out while I was driving.

The brakes started to give a shrill noise while I was driving, but I replaced them and everything is alright now.

General Comments:

I bought this car because I had heard that Saturns are great economy cars that are hard to break down. I had no idea that I would be getting such a quality car for such a low price.

This car, armed with only a SOHC, can quickly speed up to 80 miles per hour, and can dodge between traffic. I drive the car over forty miles everyday, encountering stop-and-go traffic, as well as harsh acceleration and the occasional screeching halt.

Through this, the car remains at top performance.

The interior is relatively luxurious for a car of its price, and the radio works very well. The gearbox is easy to handle, and the engine is surprisingly quiet.

The dent resistant side panels are a good addition as well, and the fuel economy makes my commute easy on the wallet.

Saturns have a tendency to live forever, provided that regular maintenance (oil changes, fuel filter changes, etc), which is very inexpensive for the SL, is provided. I have seen various SLs with odometers reading over 200,000 miles, without an engine exchange.

Safety is phenomenal as well. Saturn takes a Safety First stance when developing its vehicles. Every aspect of the car seems to be designed with safety in mind. For example, a galvanized steel frame surrounds the car, protecting anyone inside. Metal sidebars line the doors to protect from a side collision, and the rear seats are designed to prevent passengers from flying forward (rather, passengers sink into the seat, protecting them from hitting anything.)

The trunk is large, and so is the interior (91 cubic feet of space).

The way I glorify the car makes me feel like a car salesman, but it is truly a great car to own. I'll probably own this car for the next seven years, and it is doubtless that I'll enjoy every mile of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 28 reviews